​My Vintage Wardrobe: Miss Betty From It's Something Hells

14/08/2014 16:32 | Updated 22 May 2015

There's no such thing as a bad hair day when you're Miss Betty, one-half of the famed French-born hairdressing duo behind It's Something Hells, the vintage beauty parlour and rockabilly barbershop in London. Miss Betty lives and breathes 1950s style – but that fabulous vintage wardrobe of hers is more naughty than nice...

​My Vintage Wardrobe: Miss Betty from It's Something Hells

Describe your style.

I wear a mix of vintage and 1950s-influenced repro clothes – it's more bad-girl style than girl-next-door.

What got you hooked on vintage fashion?

I always loved old movies. I was totally passionate about the beautiful clothes that Betty Grable, Mae West and Lana Turner wore. And, of course, Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.

Where are your favourite places to source vintage items?

Camden town, Portobello market, Fur Coat No Knickers in Kingly Court. I also check out car boot sales, Etsy and eBay.

What's your most treasured vintage piece?

It's a beautiful 1940s Bakelite necklace with lots of fruits on it. I feel like Carmen Miranda with that on my neck! Love it!

Best vintage epoque?

I really love the Art Deco period for art. But my favourite era is still around the Fifties for everything else! Especially the music.

Do you have a favourite vintage beauty look?

Yes! Fifties bad-girl style! Think a gold lamé capri jumpsuit with a Spring-o-Lator mule in leopard.

What are some of your fave retro hangouts?

The Rhythm Riot – I've done hair there with my husband, Mister Ducktail, since 2003 and we love having drinks there after work.

How does the vintage scene in London compare with your native France?

It's really different. People in London are more open-minded compared with France, especially the south. Music - rock-'n-roll - is cultural here! I think London is probably one of the best places in the world for that.

Get your own Fifties-era hairstyle - from £45 for colour and £70 for a cut and style with Miss Betty - at It's Something Hells off Carnaby Street


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